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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced For Sex Trafficking

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man charged with Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion was sentenced on August 26, 2013, by United States District Judge Karen E. Schreier.  

Tajahn Clinton, age 36, was sentenced to 402 months of imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, restitution to the victim in the amount of $1,100, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Judge Schreier will recommend to the Bureau of Prisons that Clinton participate in the drug and alcohol treatment program during the time of his incarceration.

Clinton pled guilty on May 15, 2013, to Count 2 of the Fourth Superseding indictment charging Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion.

United States Attorney Johnson stated that, “Today’s sentence demonstrates that sex traffickers will pay a heavy price for victimizing women in South Dakota.  Federal, state and local law enforcement will continue our work to investigate and prosecute individuals such as Clinton who prey on the most vulnerable in our community.”  

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin Koliner and Jeff Clapper prosecuted the case.

The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

Updated June 22, 2015